12+ Book Ideas for Christmas, part VIII

Never in my life have I been so pleased to have read solely one book. Yes, last August, I managed to read just the one. And I promise it’s the best book I’ve read. Ever.

I’ll Give You the Sun

At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world. This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

This is possibly my new all-time favorite book. I loved The Sky is Everywhere, and thought Jandy Nelson couldn’t top that, like when you’re expecting your second child and wondering “How can I love this one as much as I love my first born?” (No? Just me? Anyway, I was wrong.) I’ll Give You the Sun is not only beautifully written—Nelson has a phenomenal style that I have yet to find anywhere else; she could sell her shopping list, and I’d buy and read it—but in terms of emotions, you’re in for something, too, and by the time you’re finished reading, you can feel the sun blooming from the inside out.